Slow summer days: Class 8 orders drop in July

Aug. 22, 2012

According to Americas Commercial Trucking (ACT) Research Co., the Class 8 market continued to experience weak orders and falling backlogs in July 2012.

Build rates exceeded the pace of incoming orders again in July. Classes 5-7 continued to be a model of consistency with orders in line with build and steady, if low, backlogs. The data is included in the State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT. The report covers Class 5 through 8 vehicles for the North American market.

“Concerning the heavy-duty market, we view the unusual pairing of weak orders and low cancellations as a reflection of today’s bifurcated truck market,” says Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT. “To that end, we believe confidence is at a key component of the order pullback across a large swath of carriers.”

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